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4 months ago

Meet the Art Teacher...

Hello! My name is Taylor- students call me Ms. Penning (also, “Ms.Penny”). 

I was born and (partially) raised in Leominster. I love this town and am incredibly happy to teach my favorite subject in such a wonderful school. 

I graduated from UMass Dartmouth and studied Fine Art, Art Education, and Art History. I am currently in my Master's program studying advanced Art Education in the Elementary classroom. I am very excited to bring what I learn into our little art room and the minds inside. 

When I’m not teaching, I’m usually in my studio- drawing, painting, reading and watching films / listening to records or attending different art and cultural events.

Fun Fact: Two of my favorite artists are Frida Kahlo and Kehinde Wiley. 

Every art educator uses a different mix of teaching approaches. 
These are the modern methods that I frequently use to develop visual literacy and creativity in students...
This nationally recognized art education program views students as artists. Students are encouraged to develop their own ideas and make learning choices with the support of responsive instructors. 
 In PBL, students are active learners; a project engages their hearts and minds and provides real-world relevance for learning. Studies show PBL increases retention and teaches students how to apply learning to future endeavors. 

Using this method, students are asked a series of open-ended questions that enable them to identify what they see in a work of art, make connections about what they see, support their thinking, and listen to the views and opinions of others. 

VTS develops and encourages high-level conversations that stem from observing artwork.

A curriculum that is based on visual culture moves the focus away from the traditional institutionalized artwork toward a broader range of visual art and cultural issues. 
The focus is on how art shapes our daily lives and the human experience. 

Studio Habits of Mind, also called Studio Thinking, provide a common language to help students, teachers, and parents to understand the power of arts education as they plan and work. 

The habits include: stretch & explore, express, develop craft, envision, understand the community, observe, engage & persist, and reflect. 


Art Room Mantra 

I am positive. 

I am creative. 

I am mindful.

I am amazing.

I belong here.

I am an ARTIST.

10 Reasons Why Arts in Education Is so Important for Kids

How Art Unlocks Students’ Diverse Abilities 

Knowledge + Creativity = Innovation 


Sir Ken Robinson 

Speaks on the importance of creative education in our schools. 

By Taylor Penning

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